Bursaries and Loans 

Sport Bursaries:

A number of special bursaries are available for those who have excelled at sport. You may obtain further details of these bursaries from Maties Sport at 021 808 4642 or matiesport@sun.ac.za. The Sports bursaries are not included in the Bursaries and Loans Yearbook.

Maties Sport

Other Bursaries (all included in the Calender):

A large number of general bursaries for study in any faculty, as well as bursaries for study in a specific faculty or department, are described in the Calender​ and are available to students who are academically deserving and/or financially needy.

​First-year merit bursaries

In respect of First-year Merit Bursaries, the criterion used is the actual average of a prospective student's final Grade 12 exam results (calculated based on a combination of the six best subjects required to gain admission to Baccalaureus studies at a university, excluding Life Orientation and Mathematics Paper 3), as indicated by the respective education departments.

Merit Bursaries are calculated as a percentage of tuition fees. Following registration and once results have been announced, an algorithm with a given budget amount and fixed budget parameters is used to calculate the amounts to be allocated. The calculated amounts are then automatically transferred to the beneficiaries' student accounts in April.

The following scale is applicable to first-year merit bursaries

Matric average% rebate on basic tuition fees (excluding module costs)
90% or higher *40%

*the % rebate will depend on the number of qualifying candidates and the amount available for merit bursaries.

Important: Only students who completed their exam two or more years prior to the year in which they plan to join the University, as well as candidates who completed their exam outside the provincial education departments, are required to apply for these merit bursaries by submitting a certified copy of their matric certificate to the Undergraduate Bursary Office. The onus rests on the student to verify by June of the specific academic year in which they are entitled to a merit bursary to ensure that it reflects in their student fee account. The student will forfeit their claim to a merit bursary if it does not reflect in their account, and the student failed to notify the Centre by the end of August.

Senior Merit Bursaries

In respect of Senior Merit Bursaries, the criterion used is the weighted average of the exam results for the previous year of study. Senior Merit Bursaries are calculated as a percentage of tuition fees As the allocation of these bursaries is an automatic, computerised process, students do not need to submit an application.

Senior merit bursaries are awarded to a percentage of top achievers per faculty. Qualifying students will receive a rebate of 20% on basic tuition fees (excluding module costs).

Criteria for merit bursaries:

Candidates for senior merit awards shall:

  • be senior undergraduate students of the University
  • be full time students of the University
  • take an appropriate degree programme
  • take the full number of modules prescribed for the year of study concerned
  • obtain a weighted aggregate of not less than 75% over the full academic year of the University (Note - if you studied at another institution and obtained an weighted aggregate of at least 75%, you may be considered for a SU senior merit bursary on a case by case bases)

Important: The onus rests on the student to verify by June of the specific academic year in which they are entitled to a merit bursary to ensure that it reflects in their student fee account. The student will forfeit their claim to a merit bursary if it does not reflect in their account, and the student failed to notify the Centre by the end of August.

Cancellation of merit bursaries

The merit bursaries of students who discontinues their studies in the first semester, will be cancelled.

Merit bursaries to students that studied at other institutions

Students who studied at other institutions, do not qualify for First-year Merit Bursaries, but can be considered for Senior Merit Bursaries if their weighted average was 75% or higher. These students should submit their results to the Centre for Bursaries and Loans. 

Continuation of Recruitment Bursaries for current students:

Follow this link to view the continuation criteria for current Recruitment Bursary students.

Bursary loans for financially needy students

1. SU BURSARY LOAN

The University also offers bursary loans for needy students. 

2. NSFAS BURSARY LOAN 

To ensure that your application for  financial assistance is considered by Stellenbosch University and NSFAS, we encourage all students to apply at both institutions. (Please note: NSFAS funding is not guaranteed, thus it is crucial that all students apply at the Stellenbosch University for financial assistance)

Follow the NSFAS link: http://www.nsfas.org.za​

Remember: A bursary loan is not the same as a bursary. A bursary refers to money that you do not have to repay, except if you discontinue your studies. A Bursary loan (for example SU or NSFAS bursary loans) is money that you have to repay after completing or upon discontinuation of your studies.

Closing dates for applications:

  • All bursary and loan a​pplications administered by the University: 31 August
  • Last day to submit all documents: ​11 September 2017. No incomplete applications will be considered after this date
  • Private companies have different closing dates for their bursaries. See the Calender ​for the particulars.
  • NSFAS Bursary Loan 30 November

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